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Design Assistant for Semantic Comparison of Intellectual Property (DASCIP

Funder: EPSRC
Duration: February 2016 - July 2017

A design tool will be developed that highlights potential patent infringement of an emerging design will help to steer that design towards a novel solution as well as avoid costly litigation. We will focus on mechanical engineering designs where the novel inventive step relies heavily upon how functions and key geometrical features of the design interact.


Name Telephone Email Office
Professor David Harrison Professor David Harrison
Professor - Design Research
T: +44 (0)1895 266321
+44 (0)1895 266321 Michael Sterling 151


Jiang, P., Atherton, M., Sorce, S., Harrison, D. and Malizia, A. (2018) 'Design for Invention: A framework for identifying emerging design-prior art conflict'. Journal of Engineering Design, 29 (10). pp. 596 - 615. ISSN: 0954-4828 Open Access Link

Journal article

Sorce, S., Malizia, A., Jiang, P., Atherton, M. and Harrison, D. (2018) 'A Novel Visual Interface to Foster Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Protect from Patent Infringement'.2nd International Conference on Graphics, Images and Interactive Techniques. The City View Hotel, Hong Kong. 23 - 25 February. IOP Publishing. pp. 012024 - 012024. ISSN: 1742-6588 Open Access Link

Conference paper

Atherton, M., Jiang, P., Harrison, D. and Malizia, A. (2017) 'Design for invention: annotation of Functional Geometry Interaction for representing novel working principles'. Research in Engineering Design, 29 (2). pp. 245 - 262. ISSN: 0934-9839 Open Access Link

Journal article

Jiang, P., Atherton, M., Harrison, D. and Malizia, A. (2017) 'Framework of mechanical design knowledge representations for avoiding patent infringement'.ICED17 21st International Conference on Engineering Design. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. 21 - 25 August. Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED. pp. 81 - 90. ISSN: 2220-4334 Open Access Link

Conference paper